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Eye On Olympia

News: “widespread crisis of confidence” in the Colville CPS office , misgivings on the right over anti-domestic-partnerships referendum, and the price of booze is going up…

In the print paper:

A 10-month investigation by the Office of the Family and Children’s Ombudsman has found “a widespread crisis of confidence by the community in the child welfare system … that puts children and families at risk of harm.”

(Note: here's a link to one of the reports and here's a link to the other.)

-“This is both a referendum campaign and a statement of unity within the faith community,” the Faith and Freedom Network announced shortly after filing Referendum 71 this week. But there are deep divisions among religious conservatives over the move, with many prominent Christian leaders worried that it could backfire.

And even backers of the Referendum seem worried about the following statistic:

In the recent Faith & Freedom Elway Survey of Washington State, we found that 59% of those surveyed between 18 - 35 years old approved of homosexual marriage and 39% did not approve. These numbers are consistent nationally. Clearly our youth are not developing a biblical worldview.

-If you like liquor – particularly high-end stuff – buy it before August. Washington’s liquor control board Wednesday voted to raise the state markup on liquor by an average of about $1 a liter, starting Aug. 1.
     But instead of increasing all prices by a flat $1.05 a liter, the board decided to vary the increase by the wholesale price. A bottle of low-end Monarch vodka would rise from $9.95 to $10.75. But a large bottle of premium scotch would jump from $76.95 to $83.65.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.